I’ve never been much of a technology person, but for some time I’ve been thinking about how to drag my Luddite tuchus into the twenty-first century to promote my work. It seems the plague has now forced me to take drastic measures — that’s right, I made a YouTube channel. A YouTube channel, I made. Could 2020 possibly get any weirder?
Mind you, I’ll never be a true YouTuber who makes weekly videos with eyepopping effects and cute sounds. Oh no — that’s not what I’m doing at all. What I need is a place to stash videos so they can easily be accessed through my websites (I am an editor by trade, so I have a separate business account for that), Twitter, and whatever other social media nonsense I might get myself into.
I considered developing the channel under my name and just focusing on Black Wolf and Norse mythology, but I decided not to restrict my content. Besides, I can’t compete with experts like Dr. Jackson Crawford. However, I do have lots of interests, hobbies, and skills, and even though trying to do a bazillion things all the time stretches me a little thin, it’s a real boon for the creative soul. Learning new things leads to greater inspiration and more things to do. Admittedly, it’s a bit of a downward spiral, but it’s a hell of a lot better than the rut I used to be in.
So without any further ado, I would like to introduce Polymath Wants a Cracker, a place where the marvellous collides with the mundane. My first video is the reading I made for my publisher’s compilation concerning Loki’s ability to keep his head. I know the production values ain’t great, but I’m new to this. Don’t @ me.
P.S. That header is based on a true story. Whilst whittling away an afternoon at the art gallery, my friend and I decided to see if Siri knew her Hitchhiker’s Guide. We asked our real-life Janet the all-important question to see if she could give us that deep and meaningful answer “42.” Instead, she concluded that all signs pointed to chocolate, which seemed a perfectly reasonable answer to us.